We love our furry friends. Almost 62% of all households in the U.S. have pets! Over 161 million of these pets are cats or dogs.
But, as much as we adore our pets, no one wants to deal with the dirt and odors they bring with them. Unpleasant smells and aggravated allergy symptoms can make living with even the cutest puppies and kittens difficult.
Fortunately, an air purifier can solve many of the problems that your pets bring home… and even help keep them at their best health.
Here are the 4 ways that an air purifier makes living with pets even better.
Gets rid of pet dander and dust
Pet dander is really anything that can be sloughed off by an animal. Dead skin, hair, and even feathers are all part of the dander that can build up in your home.
While most dogs and cats produce dander, there are certain breeds that are more prone to shedding dander than others. Age also factors into how much dander your pet will slough, as older animals tend to have drier skin and shed more dander.
Pet dander can linger in the air for hours and pile up in dust bunnies on your floor, making your home constantly look dirty.
The good news is that animal dander is around 5-10 microns, a size that is easily removed from the air by an air purifier with a True HEPA filter.
Reduces allergy symptoms
Besides making your home look dirty, pet dander is a major source of allergies. In fact, research has shown that pet dander related health care costs Americans over half a billion dollars per year.
While both dogs and cats can cause allergies, cat allergies are twice as common as dog allergies. The most common cat allergen is called Fel d 1. It’s primarily secreted through the sebaceous glands and can be found on the skin and fur of a cat.
Cat urine, saliva, and even kitty litter can contribute to allergic reactions.
Some of the most common symptoms of pet allergies are:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Facial pain (from nasal congestion)
- Coughing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and wheezing
- Watery, red or itchy eyes
- Skin rash or hives
People with both asthma and a pet dander allergy often experience even more severe symptoms including trouble breathing, pain or tightness in the chest, and wheezing.
Pet allergies can be a major deterrent to getting a pet. But, when used with other precautions such as frequent cleaning and keeping pets out of the bedroom, an air purifier with a True HEPA filter can reduce allergy symptoms and make living with pets much more comfortable.
Kitty litter, wet dog, stinky cat…. Pets may be lovable, but they sure can make your home smell bad. And the smell isn’t the only issue. Odors are composed of microscopic particles of whatever causes the odor. So, every time you smell that stinky smell, you’re also taking little bits of it into your body.
Both dog and cat urine contain ammonia, which can irritate your lungs and cause allergy symptoms such as eye and skin irritation. Individuals with weak immune systems, allergies, asthma, and other health conditions are especially susceptible to the risks associated with ammonia inhalation.
Cat urine is particularly problematic because it is very concentrated. Even a small amount can make your home smell strongly. And the smell doesn’t go away after it dries. Cat urine becomes crystallized when it dries out, causing the smell to linger. Most of the time healthy people are not at risk by smelling it, but long-term exposure may cause problems down the road.
Fortunately, an air purifier with an activated carbon filter will take care of those bad smells.
Activated charcoal filters work by using charcoal that has been heated to very high temperatures to trap pollutants. When the temperature of the charcoal is raised, the elements and compounds that were bound with the carbon atoms are removed and all the binding sites for carbon become “free” for binding with other molecules and atoms These open pores between carbon atoms are useful in trapping odors and VOC’s in the air.
Improves your pets’ health.
Indoor air is typically 2 to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air. Because pets (like their humans) spend most of their time indoors, indoor air quality can have a major impact on their health.
Recent studies confirmed that dogs that live in homes where incense was regularly burned were more likely to suffer from respiratory illness.
Cats may be even more sensitive to indoor pollutants. Research shows that cats that live in homes with a high concentration of household indoor air pollutants (second-hand smoke, cooking fumes, household chemicals) have a higher rate of respiratory diseases such as feline asthma, chronic bronchitis, and lung cancer. In fact, scientists in one study found that one in ten cats have asthma directly related to indoor and outdoor air pollutants.
Wildfire smoke can be particularly dangerous to your pets. Doctors at DoveLewis animal hospital in Portland, Oregon, noted that, while all pets are at risk from low-quality air, certain animals such as puppies and older dogs, pets with asthma and bronchitis, and dogs with rounder faces and shorter noses (like bulldogs and Boston terriers) are particularly vulnerable.
Pets displaying the following symptoms need immediate care:
- Difficulty breathing
- Unusual or excessive coughing, sneezing, vomiting, or loss of appetite
- Swelling or inflammation of the mouth, eyes, skin, or upper airway
- Open-mouthed breathing, especially in cats
- Uncoordinated walking/unable to stand
- Increased salivation
An air purifier with a combination of True HEPA and activated carbon filters will remove both particulate matter and dangerous gases from your indoor air so neither you or your pets have to deal with the harmful effects of dirty air in your home.
Why Aeris is the right choice for pet owners
Aeris purifiers have 3 to 5 times more filtration material than other air purifiers, making them the most effective way to keep pet owners breathing clean, healthy air all through the year.
Our aair 3-in-1 PRo and aair Lite are both rated HEPA H13, meaning that they are 99.95% effective at removing particles down to .1 microns. Our Medical Pro offers even greater protection. It’s rated HEPA H14, which means that it is 99.995% effective at removing particles down to .1 microns.
While our HEPA filters remove even the tiniest particulate matter, it’s the activated carbon filters that will take care of those annoying pet odors. Aeris purifiers are the most effective way to enjoy your pets while still benefitting from clean, fresh-smelling air in your home.